Lowland League seeking applications

Duns have moved into a new home ground at New Hawthorn Park this season.
Duns have moved into a new home ground at New Hawthorn Park this season.

Coldstream and Duns have another opportunity to join the Lowland League after the board announced that it is seeking applications for new member clubs for next season.

The board is hoping to expand the 14-team league for next season, but the precise number of clubs required will depend on the outcome of the play-offs between the bottom club in League Two and the winners of the Lowland League v Highland League play-off.

League chairman Andrew Waddell said: “The board of the league have determined that there will be an opportunity for clubs to apply for membership for next season.

“The precise number of vacancies will depend on the effect of promotion and relegation into and out of the SLFL.

“I would encourage any clubs who may interested in applying, and will meet the criteria, to make contact with us.”

Coldstream and Duns both applied to join the league last year, but were turned down. Edinburgh University and BSC Glasgow were admitted instead.

Lowland League officials had hoped to attract the bigger junior clubs from the east and west, but none applied.

Applicants must have a club licence from the SFA or have fully-funded plans to obtain such a licence by the end of May 2015.

Both Coldstream and Duns, who play in the Premier and First Division of the East of Scotland League respectively, are hoping to obtain a licence by the end of this season.

Applications may be submitted by March 31. The Lowland League board will consider applications and arrange ground inspections in April.